The beasts of the East collide when the Pacers host the Heat


The Pacers host Heat in a battle of the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have lost their last two games while the Heat won on Monday to get their deficit in the standings down to two games. The Heat’s 93-91 home win over the Trail Blazers was just their fifth in the last 12 games and it came only after wasting a 17-point fourth quarter lead. Dwyane Wade (Achilles’ tendon) will return to action after sitting out Monday’s contest.

The Pacers haven’t taken advantage of the Heat’s rough stretch due to their own record of 5-7 in the last 12, and a loss against the Heat would draw the two teams even in the loss column. All but one of Indiana’s last seven setbacks have come on the road and they’re 32-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including a win over the Heat. Roy Hibbert has just seven total points and five rebounds over the last two games and the Pacers need him to be more productive to beat the Heat.

Paul George scored 21 points in Monday’s 89-77 loss to the Bulls but he shot below 40 percent for the fifth straight game. George is just 21 of 76 during his shooting slump (a porous 27.6 percent) and he is shooting just 37.7 percent in March. Getting George back to his best will be a focus down the stretch but there is also a concern that he is wearing down. His 18.9 scoring average in March is easily his lowest of the season.

The teams split the first meetings in December, with the home team winning on each occasion. LeBron James averaged 20.5 points on 14 of 30 shooting in those two games.

According to the NBA Lines at OddsBay, the Pacers are 2-point favorites at most sportsbooks.

Game Details:

What: Miami Heat (48-21) vs. Indiana Pacers (51-20)

When: 8:00 PM ET, March 26

Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

Line: Pacers -2

Total: 188½

Betting Trends:

– The Heat are 16-18 ATS in road games

– The Heat are 5-8 ATS against Central Division opponents

– The Heat are 12-14 ATS after a non-conference game

– The Pacers are 20-15 ATS in home games

– The Pacers are 6-19 ATS in the second half of the season

– The Pacers are 2-8 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season

– The total has gone OVER in 12 of the last 22 games in this series

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